25. A Journey into the Life of RumiSaturday, June 3 | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
“Everyone is born once. I have been born many times,” wrote Rumi, the beloved Persian poet, whose words often draw comparisons to Shakespeare. But who was the person behind the poems? And why does a fairly obscure 13th-century mystic continue to captivate contemporary audiences? Brad Gooch, formidable biographer and bestselling author of ‘Smash Cut,’ ‘Flannery,’ and ‘City Poet,’ brilliantly brings the legend to life, vividly coloring in his time and place—imagine trying to write erotic poetry under the seige of Genghis Khan—and reminding us that the power of poetry transcends time and place, much like Rumi himself.
Berkeley City College - Auditorium
Book signing information: Atrium
Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI)